I Kept My New Year’s Resolution…AGAIN

For the second year in a row, I was able to keep my New Year’s Resolution.  Last year I read 37 books. This year I read 43. 80 books in two years. Wowzers! Maybe I need to make blogging more regularly my resolution for 2019.  Seriously!

Back in late 2016, I came up with a way to really jog my sluggish mindset.  I grew up with a dad who still reads at a mind-numbing pace, and this resolution has definitely given us so much to discuss.  I even beat him to the finish line every now and again.  One thing I’ve learned these past two years is that the desire to learn and to grow is essential to the human experience.  Whether it’s one or 60 books you set out to read in 2019, just do it!  

For 2019, I’m hoping to read a bit more fiction and a lot more about finances.  It should be a fun ride.  Stay tuned!  

All the Real Indians Died Off:  And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff

*Not a Crime to Be Poor:  The Criminalization of Poverty in America

Peter Edelman

Norwich:  One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence

*Black Fortunes:  The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

*All the Pieces Matter:  The Inside Story of The Wire

Jonathan Abrams

Unfu*k Yourself:  Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

Gary John Bishop

*Fair Shot:  Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn

Chris Hughes

*Nomadland:  Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Jessica Bruder

*Down the River Unto the Sea

Walter Mosley

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

David Corn & Michael Isikoff

In the Heat of the Night

John Ball

The Devil Finds Work:  An Essay

John Baldwin

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Timothy Snyder 

High-Risers:  Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing

Ben Austen

Barracoon:  The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

Zora Neale Hurston

Fahrenheit 452

Ray Bradbury

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable

Michael Bennett

*Redemption:  Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Last 31 Hours

Joseph Rosenbloom

Black Klansman:  Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime

Ron Stallworth

*The Mirage Factory:  Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles

Gary Krist


David Sedaris

*Ghettoside:  A True Story of Murder in America

Jill Leovy

*See You Again in Pyongyang

Travis Jeppesen

American Default:  The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold

Sebastian Edwards

Believe Me:  The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

John Fea

*Sex Money Murder:  A Story of Crack, Blood and Betrayal

Jonathan Green 

The Poisoned City:  Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy

Anna Clark

Air Traffic:  A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

Gregory Pardlo

The Black and The Blue

Mathew Horace & Ron Harris

She Begat This:  20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Joah Morgan

King Suckerman:  A Novel

George Pelecanos

Fear:  Trump in the White House

Bob Woodward


Beth Macy

The Man Who Came From Uptown

George Pelecanosh

*American Prison:  A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

Shane Bauer

Heads of the Colored People

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

John Woman

Walter Mosley


Kiese Laymon


Michelle Obama

The Jungle Grows Back:  America and Our Imperiled World

Robert Kagan

When Women Ruled the World

Kara Cooney 

*Invisible – The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster

Stephen L. Carter



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